Your Views for March 5
Oh, Faye Hanohano, how the truth leaks out when we become angry. You would do very well to remember that the ethnicities you insulted are the very people who elected you and pay your salary.
Notwithstanding your weak and pro-forma apology, you clearly harbor dislike and animosity for the majority of your constituents. We deserve better than you. Please resign.
Apology not accepted
In Hawaii, whenever someone says something incredibly stupid or offensive, we pretend to ignore it to avoid shaming the speaker. Many of my friends and family of Japanese ancestry are deeply offended by Rep. Faye Hanohano’s racial slur (the “J” word), but really don’t want to say anything publicly. I feel differently.
It wasn’t a matter of if people were offended by Rep. Hanohano’s racist slur. The question should be, who wasn’t offended by it? Americans of Japanese ancestry have already paid the price to be free from this kind of racism.
They paid that price by being rounded up and herded into internment camps across the country, including Hawaii. They paid that price with their blood and their lives across the battlefields of Europe and Asia during World War II. Their receipts are the grave stones in Europe, Arlington, Punchbowl and here in the veteran’s cemeteries.
They paid that price so well that when the Korean War started years later, my father and his brothers, second-generation Americans of Korean ancestry, were able to fight for America without being questioned about their loyalty or having their families suffer the same type of racism.
Rep. Hanohano gave a politician’s non-apology apology — a statement intended to deflect responsibility. For whatever reason, she just can’t own up to her mistake. But that says more about who she is, than it does about her political party or her Hawaiian ancestry.
In Hawaii, we tend to react to racism differently than our friends and family on the mainland. But, racist statements, especially made by a government official, must be confronted head-on and publicly.
Ask anyone of Jewish ancestry about what happens when government officials turn racism into government policy. I agree with my Jewish friends when it comes to this kind of racism and government officials: “Never again.”
Ted H. S. Hong
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.